Cameca LEAP 4000 HR Atom Probe

An image of the atrom probe The LEAP 4000X HR is a high performance 3D atom probe microscope which provides nano-scale surface, bulk and interfacial materials analysis of simple and complex structures with atom by atom identification and accurate spatial positioning.

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Current Project Examples

  • Investigation into deformation modes and recrystallisation of Mg alloys that includes the role of rare-earth solute distributions on hardening and segregation of solutes to grain boundaries and dislocations
  • Effect of vanadium microalloying on the stability of mechanical properties of hot rolled bainitic strip steels
  • Chemistry of nano-scale precipitates in Al alloys and high-strength low-alloy steels


Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP) microscope allows atomic resolution chemical and spatial analysis in three dimensions. The LEAP 4000 HR utilises a large-angle reflectron lens to provide high mass resolution in voltage mode with a large field of view and enables differentiation between all elements and their isotopes. The local electrode design allows analysis of microtip specimens as well as conventional needle-shaped samples.


Typical capabilities of the instrument

  • Acquisition rates of 1 to 10 million ions per hour
  • Millions to tens of millions of atoms per specimen
  • Tomographic analysis volume in the range of 50 x 50 x 200 nm
  • Spatial resolution: ~ 0.1 - 0.5 nm
  • Mass resolution: ~ 1000 (FWHM)
  • Chemical sensitivity: ~ 10 ppm
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